With the 'Opportunities for Hydrogen in Kemi' project, the goal is to ensure that the Sea-Lapland's economic area, and especially the local SME sector, can take advantage of the hydrogen economy in time.
The project has received funding from the Ely Center's operational environment development grant / European Regional Development Fund.
The industrial infrastructure of Kemi and the entire Sea Lapland region offers significant opportunities for the hydrogen economy and its investments to evolve. The area provides an excellent location, industrial infrastructure, industrial heritage, logistics connections, and an increasing amount of fossil-free energy. Kemi has also invested in the circular economy, with the Circular Economy Center and its long-term work in the industrial circular economy being an example.
With this project, we are able to offer a knowledge base on the hydrogen economy from the perspective of Sea Lapland, upcoming hydrogen economy investments, and international hydrogen economy projects being implemented in nearby areas. The aim is to describe and analyze the possibilities of the hydrogen economy, especially from the viewpoint of Sea Lapland's SMEs. The project wants to ensure the readiness of Sea Lapland's companies to participate and even be pioneers in the ongoing energy economy transformation
Within the 'Hydrogen Opportunities for Kemi' project, three studies related to the hydrogen economy were conducted from the Sea Lapland perspective. The findings were published and presented on September 29, 2022, in Kemi.
Below is a link to the brochure summarizing the highlights of the day:
In the technology study, information was gathered about hydrogen and those industrial processes in Sea Lapland where hydrogen can be utilized. For the study, data was collected on clean hydrogen production technologies, industrial operators, and safety issues related to hydrogen handling.
The technology assessment report by Rejlers Finland Oy can be found at the link below:
The logistics study comprises hydrogen storage, transportation, and transfer, with a detailed examination of these subjects from the Sea Lapland perspective.
You can delve into the logistics analysis conducted by AFRY Finland Oy through the link provided below:
Business opportunities offered to Sea Lapland's hydrogen economy stakeholders in Northern Sweden and Northern Norway were addressed in the benchmarking analysis. This study compiled information significant to Sea Lapland regarding the preparatory work of hydrogen economy projects in Northern Sweden and Northern Norway and explored collaboration opportunities with stakeholders in these regions concerning hydrogen initiatives.
You can access the results of the benchmarking analysis conducted by Gaia Consulting Oy, a subsidiary of Sweco Finland Oy, through the link provided below:
Current matters concerning the hydrogen project are also published on LinkedIn. Please ensure to follow the Circular Economy Centre there as well, named "Kiertotalouskeskus – Circular Economy Centre
The hydrogen economy has become a subject of global interest as hydrogen plays a pivotal role in climate solutions and its technologies have tremendous market potential. Finland's Sustainable Growth Programme, as part of the EU's Recovery and Resilience Plan (VNK 2021:22), is committed to promoting the green transition, including investing in hydrogen technology, electrification, carbon dioxide capture and utilization in industry, demonstration plants for the circular economy, battery material recycling, emission reduction in the process industry, and digitalization. For instance, €150 million has been allocated for innovations and investments related to both the production and adoption of clean hydrogen and the capture and utilization of carbon dioxide. The plan is for hydrogen to be used in Finland as an industrial raw material and as a fuel for heat and steam production. Hydrogen is also required for the production of renewable transportation fuels.